The League of Women Voters of Georgia has just issued a call to its members, urging them to contact their senators and kill S.B. 86, which would require proof of U.S. citizenship for those registering to vote.
The Senate is scheduled to take up the measure, endorsed by Secretary of State Karen Handel, sometime this afternoon.
Which means the League is a bit late getting into the game.
In its missive, the LWVG says:
Should this bill pass, countless U.S. citizens will be needlessly inconvenienced and, as a result of the increased hassle, simply choose not to register to vote.
In addition to the cumbersome nature of the bill, there are other problems with such legislation:
- Requiring documentary proof of citizen violates the National Voter Registration Act.
- Creates a poll tax by forcing people who are missing their birth certificates or naturalization papers to have to buy new ones.
- Those registering to vote are already required to take an oath of citizenship.
- Birth certificates are the easiest documents to forge, and possibly the least checked.
- It is a felony to photocopy or fax naturalization papers.
- Citizens with comparatively low incomes are less likely to possess documentation proving their citizenship.